Tucci Hot Rods is hoping Ford’s refreshed, 2018 Mustang GT, with its lower hood and sleeker design, can provide the basis for a 200-mph road car. The shop is bringing its high-speed, twin-turbocharged pony car to the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas this year.
Based on the V8-powered Mustang GT with the 10-speed automatic transmission, Tucci Hot Rods’ 200 mph-chasing custom build boasts a Hellion twin-turbo kit and tuning by HP Tuners. The horsepower peak netted by that setup hasn’t been disclosed, but we’re guessing it’s somewhere between “a lot” and “all the power”. Cooling is important when you have that much thrust, so an aftermarket radiator, oil cooler, and transmission cooler from Mishimoto have been fitted. A G-Force driveshaft and rear axles help ensure the drivetrain can stand up to the extra abuse, and a Ford Performance/Borla exhaust with a DEI exhaust wrap boosts the car’s aural appeal.
Tucci Hot Rods has upgraded the chassis by fitting it with a triple-adjustable air suspension from RideTech, and Wilwood Aero brake calipers – six-piston fron, four-piston rear. The front and rear sway bars come straight from Ford Performance, and the twin-turbo Mustang GT now rolls on 19-inch Forgeline GTD1 wheels wrapped in Hoosier R7/A7 rubber.
For the most part, the outward appearance of the car doesn’t really scream “200 mph,” but it does provide some indication that it’s packing some heat. Most notably, there’s the Stroud Safety drag parachute, the rather utilitarian-looking front splitter, rocker panels, and the closed-up side inlets on the front fascia. An unassuming dark gray paint job from John’s Auto Restoration keeps the Mustang GT’s 200-mph aspirations on the down low, and Ultimaker 3D-printed hood vents provide a subtle extra touch.
Inside, a Cobra Sebring Pro-Fit GT seat is installed on the drivers side, and a Cobra Suzuka Pro-Fit GT seat on the passengers side. Schroth Pro-Fit II 6-point HANS harnesses keep both driver and passenger safely restrained, and a Tucci Hot Rods 8-point roll cage with TMR Customs interlocking roll cage clamps keep the car drag-strip compliant.
Tucci Hot Rods’ custom 2018 Ford Mustang GT drag car will bow at the Ford booth at the 2017 SEMA Show, which starts at the end of the month. For more fresh SEMA news, stay tuned.